Terry Psarakis, the veteran sports administrator has been awarded arguably the biggest accolade of his decorated career: an Order of Australia Medal (OAM). Psarakis received the award for his Services to Sport, which includes Life Member of NIAS.
Registrations now open for aspiring young indigenous athletes, aged 13-16 years who live within the Northern Inland, to participate in the annual NIAS and UAA Indigenous Talent Identification Day. All indigenous athletes, showing talent in any sport, are strongly encouraged to register their interest via www.nias.org.au.
Two talented NIAS golf athletes were invited play amongst the state’s top junior golfers last weekend in Batemans Bay, as part of the annual North v South Cup tournament. Brock Galvin (Bingara) and Oliver Thomas (Tamworth) represented NIAS.
“Becoming a NIAS athlete played a key role in becoming a professional athlete. This was a really significant step that starting the ball rolling into state, national and international events.”
“My journey started as a rural kid from North Star playing Saturday netball and swimming in our backyard pool. I’ve since had the great privilege of playing for the QBE Swifts Academy at the Australian National Championships.”
“My first memories of NIAS are of my selection to represent all athletes at the official launch of the Northern Inland Academy of Sport in Armidale, 1992. I was 15 years old and was trailing for NSW Softball selections.”
“NIAS was a natural progression for rural athletes looking to represent at the next level. During my time with NIAS, I was lucky to play with athletes who went on to represent the Hockeyroo’s at the Olympics.”
Since touching down in Tamworth on Friday, Scottish native Martin Rae has been soaking up the local soccer scene. After heading down to the Gipps Street Fields on Saturday, The new NIAS Technical Director watched the NIAS FC 13s, 14s and 15s take on South Cardiff in the their opening Premier Youth League Cup games on Sunday. Then Tuesday night was training with the NIAS FC squads.
It was supposed to be about learning more about the art of racing and getting more experience racing on different trails.
But the recently-wrapped up Auscycling XCO (cross country) mountain biking national series turned into much more than that for Jock Barwick and Ben Shaw. Both scaled the podium, with Shaw crowned the overall series champion for the under 15s boys.
The Northern Inland region is about to gain an injection of football expertise, with highly qualified Scottish football coach, Martin Rae, joining the Northern Inland Academy of Sport (NIAS). After 12 months of strenuous negotiation and navigating immigration, Martin Rae has arrived in Tamworth from Scotland and will begin his three year tenure as Technical Director of NIAS FC, with NIAS his sponsor.